Review – Teases & dares

Kim Wilde doesn’t have a particularly impressive voice, but what makes her successful, and somewhat interesting, is that she sings songs (mostly written by her father and her brother) that deal directly with things that matter to adolescents – not just songs about love, but about more germane things, like not fitting in. On this album, Wilde even addresses suicide, but her best teen anthem is the single Go for It. With its driving, synth-dominated backing track, this seduction song has the feel of a high school cheer: Don’t get so nervous, Wilde tells her obviously inexperienced boyfriend, Don’t get so hot / Don’t start to fumble it up / … Just go for it / Just go for the second time.